In a press release Monday, October 19, 2020, Commander Atonfack Guemo Cyrille Serge, Head of Communication Division at the Ministry of Defence dismissed allegations that the fire incident may be related to the ongoing socio-political unrest in the North West and South West Regions.
Capitaine de Frégate Atonfack Guemo says preliminary results of the investigations carried out by the competent services suggest that the fire outbreak developed from the electricity meter supplying the building.
“The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence informs as follows: In the afternoon of Friday, October 16, 2020, at about 4:30 pm, a fire broke out in the building hosting the Command Post of the Bamenda Territorial Gendarmerie Unit, located at Up-Station,” Capitaine de Frégate Atonfack Guemo said in a press release. “The quick intervention of firefighters together with the combined effort of elements of the National Gendarmerie and residents of the locality made it possible to contain the flames and bring the fire under control at about 7:00 pm."
From the first indications of the investigations that have been launched, Capitaine de Frégate Atonfack Guemo went on, it appears that the fire was an accident caused by the sudden return of electric power in Bamenda after a power outage that led to a shock on the electricity meter supplying the building.
“The first indications of the investigation now available clearly show that the fire had no link with the security situation in Bamenda, which has greatly improved since the launch of the “Bamenda clean” operation,” he said. “The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence hereby renews the support of the Head of State, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, to all the Defence and Security Forces, and reassures the population of smooth continuation of activities at the said Gendarmerie Unit, its operational capacity having remained uncompromised.”